The Children’s Gathering on the Square is a partnership between the Cathedral of St. Andrew and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma Street. Programs meet in rooms at the back of St. Peter’s Parish Hall.
Classes and Activities
For children in pre-school through grade 4:
The Godly Play* program is appropriate for children who are curious about bible stories they hear in church. It meets weekly in “The Loft” from approximately 9 am to 10 am on Sunday mornings.
Older children are welcome to assist as teachers’ aides with either group.
December 1: The Prophets
December 8: The Holy Family
Before our second Advent story, we light the second blue candle, and remember Mary and Joseph and their long and uncomfortable trip to Bethlehem when Mary was heavy with a baby inside. They must have been the last people to arrive in Bethlehem that night!
December 15: The Shepherds
We prepare for the third story of Advent by lighting two blue candles and a rose colored candle. The rose color is one of the colors we use to remember Jesus’ mother, Mary. But we also light the rose candle for this week to add a little joy to this dark time of Advent patience and pondering. We recall the angels announcement to the shepherds that night. “Get up and hurry to Bethlehem, for ... More…
November 3: The Communion of Saints
Today we hear the All Saints Story in celebration of All Saints Day (the day that follows All Hallows Eve!) In our Episcopal/Anglican tradition, we trust that each of us is a member of the Communion of Saints just by virtue of being one of God’s children. The symbol in the story is a mirror, an invitation to remember that God loves each of us just the way we are. And yet, we are called to try and be our best selves in everyday life. Saints in our tradition – St. Patrick, St. Nicholas, St. Valentine and so many more – are only part of the story. Wonder with your children who are the saints they know personally – the choice is theirs. Whom do they see as saints?
November 10: A “Giving Thanks for Service” service project.
At the beginning of every Godly Play session we begin with prayer. We ask God to enter us and help to be aware of what we think and say, what we love and do. We ask God to make us “STRONG, really, really STRONG” for the work God calls us to do. This “work” sometimes called “service”. We will explore many ways we can do Gods work and respond by making “Thank you for your service” tokens of appreciation, to be given to members of the congregation.
November 17: The Circle of the Church Year
Our story today centered on the ... More…